Penn State looks to give the blind a ‘Third Eye’: BTN LiveBIG

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You’re at the grocery store. You’re looking for that one crucial, yet out-of-the-ordinary, ingredient for the recipe that you’ve been dying to make. You scour the shelves from top to bottom, moving from aisle to aisle. Your frustration grows.

Now imagine that the item you’re looking for isn’t some hard-to-find import, but rather something as common as a box of the apple-cinnamon oatmeal you enjoy. The situation would be downright maddening, no?

Yet, for the visually impaired, this is an all too common experience when shopping alone.

Now a group of Penn State researchers are looking to alleviate that frustration via The Third Eye Project. According to researcher John Carroll, the innovative endeavor combines image recognition, computer learning, and user feedback to streamline the shopping process.

“The concept is that a person with visual impairment has a camera mounted on a glove,” says Carroll, Distinguished Professor of Information Sciences and…

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